Last night a Youth Arts Exhibition opened at Mission Beach community Arts Centre.
These are just a few photographic highlights.
A wonderful night was had by the over 50 people who attended.
As well as supporting young local artists, the evening gave families of the artists a chance to mingle and meet others from throughout the Cassowary Coast. Visitors from from as far as Townsville came to support the artists and the night, and artists and their families came from Feluga, Mission Beach, Murray Upper and Tully.
The biggest eye capturing piece was a street art sign saying Mission Beach Arts Rocks. This, along with some individual pieces displayed beside it, were made possible through money provided by the Cassowary Coastal council for a street arts workshop. This had a tropical twist to it, through featuring butterflies around the letters.
It did present a challenge to hang, but thankfully this was resolved, and at the conclusion of the exhibition will grace the outside of the gallery to add colour and youthful vitality.
Hayley Gillespie’s workshop resulted in a Discovering Me wall, full of vibrant pieces of portraits, butterflies, ying and yang and a colourful still life. Hayley came to the opening and selected pieces for encouragement awards. She commented on how much she enjoyed working with the young artists from the area.
Another school holidays workshop with Sally Moroney led to the inclusion of a wire sculpture of a giraffe made by Matilda, a six year old artist, who recently moved from Victoria to the area with her family. Sally holds regular workshops for budding artists of the area and encourages them with their work. She held a preliminary meeting to encourage their participation in the project. They then put the word out to their friends as well.
A few students from Tully High school put in work, with Sonya, Caitlin and Sheridan all receiving encouragement awards. Sonya, Judge’s Choice, Caitlin, composition, and wall display, Sheridan. Each high school artist featured a dragon in her art and all are good friends.
Sonya had striking social commentary in some of her pieces, and a note about how she had obtained bones from animals to construct one. Caitlin created delightful bird paintings on feathers amongst her three contributions. Sheridan’s mixed media wall had several digital art pieces, as well as a collage and some canvas work.
Other award winners where Shinji for his use of colour, and Georgia for her open and moving artists’ statements. Vouchers for further art supplies were a welcome reward to the emerging artists.
There are many other noteworthy art pieces including an almost murder mystery trio of pieces. You’ll need to go have a look at the exhibition to see what they were. It is open until the 23rd of July.
Young musicians came and shared their instrumental and singing talents whilst attendees feasted on cheese, crackers and a sausage sizzle. Sally made a discovery a young group of buskers who she invited along to participate in the night.
Ben, an up and coming guitarist, gave his guitar a brilliant and sustained workout; playing, blues, popular and classical to set a beautiful tone for the afternoon/evening.
Sonya gave a heartfelt thank you to Sally for all she does for local artists when arising to accept her award. Many parents also thanked her for providing this opportunity for young people from the area. Hayley Gillespie was thanked for inspiring them as well, and some of the children and youth requested photographs with her.